15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 5 nights
Drive to Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Fly to Montreal

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Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bri'ah Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Costa Rican Tropical Tours and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary website.

Montreal, Canada to Santa Teresa is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website.

Take a shuttle from Santa Teresa to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and The Bat Jungle. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Dominical

— 5 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Visit Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Ventanas for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Safari Adventures and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dominical: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Quepos) and Rainmaker Park (in Parrita). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dominical trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Dominical takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.